Doctor’s Orders: Why the Physicians of Tomorrow Need to be Cooks Today

 

The 2015 JBF Food Conference will explore the future of food, from farm to kitchen to table. Featuring experts and thought leaders from across the industry, we'll examine how the choices we make and the steps we take today will impact what we eat, drink, and grow. In anticipation, we're talking to some of the men and women on the cutting edge of our collective food culture.

 

Dr. Tim Harlan may be best known as Dr. Gourmet, the on-air wellness expert and author of multiple books on healthy living, but his main vocation is changing the way American doctors approach diet and health. When he’s not writing or seeing patients, Harlan spends his days as executive director of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine, where he shapes the practices of future physicians and teaches them how to cook. We sat down... Read more >

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Q&A with 2015 JBF Food Conference Speaker Gary G. Bennett, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University

 

Dr. Gary G. Bennett, Bishop-MacDermott family professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University and director of the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center and the Duke Obesity Prevention Program, is an expert on the use of digital technologies in obesity treatment and intervention strategies. Dr. Bennett, who will be speaking at our 2015 JBF Food Conference, shared his thoughts on wearable technology, phone-based treatment in high-risk communities, and more.

 

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James Beard Foundation: Right now it seems that wearable technology (and a lot of technology in general) comes with a higher price point. As prices lower, will tech and data be used to democratize obesity prevention? How?

 

Dr. Gary Bennett: Absolutely. Tracker makers know that they don't have... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 27, 2015

 

Bad news for those of us who enjoy eating our feelings: sugar and stress are related. [NYT

 

Texas ranchers strive for the perfect rib-eye. [NPR

 

We're crazy about ramps: learn best ways to cook them. [Huff Po

 

Making ceviche doesn't have to be reserved for the professionals. [Bon Appétit

 

Famous chefs have an important message for seafood consumers: eat the little fish. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 13, 2015

 

Patty experts dish on how to build the best burger creation ever. [FWF

 

Mark Bittman is yawning at McDonald's publication relations stunts. [NYT

 

Restaurant pop-ups prove to be more than just a one night stand. [Huff Po

 

Take a peek into Thomas Keller's garden. [Yahoo! Food

 

Will warning labels on sugar-filled drinks stop us from guzzling them? [... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: Episode Six

 

Last month we announced the winners of our America Cooks with Chefs competition, in which six ordinary Americans—with the help of JBF Award–winning chefs—cooked a delicious meal with fewer than 800 calories for the Clinton Health Matters Annual Activation Summit. The conference judges crowned Victoria Phillips and her chef, Tony Mantuano of Chicago's acclaimed Spiaggia, as the winners.

 

Today we're spotlighting the competing dish developed by chef Naomi Pomeroy, who heads up the highly acclaimed Beast in Portland, Oregon. We matched Naomi with Auburn, California native Kathy Partak. A military mom and an enthusiastic home cook, Kathy often struggles with her weight, and has had... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: Episode Five

 

Last month we announced the winners of our America Cooks with Chefs competition, in which six ordinary Americans—with the help of JBF Award–winning chefs—cooked a delicious meal with fewer than 800 calories for the Clinton Health Matters Annual Activation Summit. The conference judges crowned Victoria Phillips and her chef, Tony Mantuano of Chicago's acclaimed Spiaggia, as the winners.

 

Today we're spotlighting the dish developed by fellow contestant Jonathan Saturay and chef Maria Hines of Tilth in Seattle. (You can watch our first four participants and chefs in action here.) Chef Hines is passionate about food that's sourced responsibly and prepared with care, so she matched well... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 9, 2015

 

Warm your belly during these frosty days with a steaming cup of JBF Award winner Dorie Greenspan’s hot cocoa. [Food52]  

 

The USDA orders new internal oversight in response to public outcry over research animal treatment. [NPR]

 

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, an inevitable question arises: what wine pairs best with chocolate? [NYT]

 

Starbucks ups its lactose-free game by offering coconut milk as a dairy substitute. [Yahoo Food]

 

The craft beer boom has... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: The Winning Recipe

 

America Cooks with Chefs

 

Earlier this week, in La Quinta, California, America Cooks with Chefs arrived at its exciting conclusion: six participants, all ordinary Americans, competed in a live competition at the Clinton Health Matters Annual Activation Summit. The challenge? Prepare and serve a delicious meal with fewer than 800 calories. Our lucky contestants had a bit of help: before the competition, each was paired with a JBF Award–winning chef, who welcomed their respective trainees into their restaurant kitchens and taught them their recipes, with some healthy cooking tips on the side. The chefs also flew to California to support the contestants during the event. Former president Bill Clinton summed up the competition nicely on... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: Episode Four

 

With stops in Chicago, Miami, and La Quinta, California in the books, America Cooks with Chefs now heads to Los Angeles for its fourth episode. In this seven-part cooking competition, contestants go behind the scenes at a James Beard Award–winning chef’s restaurant to learn tips, tricks, and advice for cooking more nutritious meals. The participants will also attend the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) conference in California, where they will demonstrate their new skills in a live cooking challenge judged by a panel of celebrities.

 

In Los Angeles, contestant Vinita Williams pays a visit to legendary chef Mary Sue Milliken for a lesson in crafting exciting, healthy... Read more >

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Letter from the President: Seven Ideas for a Healthy New Year

 

“Eat as if your life depends on it,” said Kathleen Frith, president of the nonprofit institute Glynwood and a speaker at the 2014 JBF Food Conference. As many of you know, the James Beard Foundation has been convening thought leaders and stakeholders from various sectors of the food industry for several years. In the past the conference has addressed topics such as hunger, trust, and how the media may influence what we ultimately eat. This past fall, our fifth JBF Food Conference explored the link between food and health and how better-quality food may be the key to a healthier America. As we begin 2015, I want to share with you seven great quotes from our conference speakers that can help guide us all to a healthier new year.

 

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1. “Families who eat at least five meals a week together are 20 percent less likely
to have children who are overweight.”

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